Should I do bilingual invations or two separate ones

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Since you are fron Canada, I am going to assume English and French, but please correct me.

How many people can only read French? How many people can only read English? Price out doing two invites (with two smaller orders of each language) and doing just one.

Then, I would pick the cheapest. If they are similar, go for the single language. It keeps things less cluttered.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@strawberrymarshmallow:  I’ve gotten a bilingual invite before and honestly, I thought it was pretty dang cool.  Coming from someone who only knows English  🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@strawberrymarshmallow:  

I love bilingual invites & prefer them over separate invites for several reasons.  I did a custom design for my own invites but my inspiration suite was a bilingual set by a Canadian couple that I found on a paper blog.  I didn’t I realize it at the time but in retrospect it was the inclusion of French and English that was part of what drew me to the design on the whole.  If you can get them done in your budget I say go bilingual.  

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

I got a lovely invitation to a wedding before Christmas which had the information in both English and German for both the bride and groom’s family. I thought it was wonderful to see the different languages! I’d say go for it!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@strawberrymarshmallow:  Could you do back and front printing? I agree with the others, that seeing both languages would be really cool. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@strawberrymarshmallow:  Would it be possible, rather than repeating the entire invitation in each language, to do it in the manner most bilingual product labels do, at least for the list of the families? With the direct translation immediately following each line? That is:

Mr. and Mrs. Marshmallow

&

Mr. and Mrs. Fiancesparents

Invite you to the marriage of their children

Invite you to the marriage of their children

Strawberry Marshmallow 

&

Delightful Fiance

That way you wouldn’t have to relist the names, which seems like it would save a lot of space. 

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I love the idea of bilingual invitations @Bubblesmcgee:  has some good formatting advice.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@strawberrymarshmallow: My FI’s first language is Spanish and mine is English and we definitely wanted both languages on our invites. Our solution was to get a tri-fold invite with English on one section, Spanish on the second and a verse in both English and Spanish on the 3rd section. As I also wanted my theme flower, the plumeria, incorporated into the invite we chose to get them custom-made by a graphic designer here in Toronto as we couldn’t find anything we liked on any invitation websites. She was able to take all our ideas and put together an invite that we absolutely love. To top it off, each invite came to around $4.50 incl. double envelopes which is less than the prices I’ve seen online. I’d be happy to share the designers contact info in a PM if you like. Sorry for the crappy iphone pic……they are gorgeous IRL

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would do 2 different invitations. it’ll be too busy if you try and do both languages on one.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@strawberrymarshmallow:  I would get two different ones so that you can fit everything and not worry about how to get it on one side.

Are any families/households going to get both languages? Or will everyone be fine with one language or the other?

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We did two separate sets (French and English) but I designed them myself and my dad printed them as a gift at his copy shop. We considered a bilingual invitation but it looked so cluttered and messy – just not worth it.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

Two separate invitations is my vote.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

Bilingual all the way!  You marriage will be a mesh of two cultures – how wonderful and symbolic would it be if the invites were like that too? 😀  You just need a good designer to make it look nice.

My parents had bilingual invites too (not because they speak different languages, but because it was normal back in the day where they’re from) and they look great.

SO and I will probably be doing just English though, because our common language is our strongest one anyway, and because our families speak different languages at home – trilingual would be a bit much, I think.  Everyone understands English, so English it will be!

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